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Dr. Frierson grew up in the Bronx Housing Projects, New York. Coming from humble beginnings, the author knows what it feels like to be a black male. So you could see how his upbringing fueled his desire to write this book. Dr. Frierson went far back to give a history of mentorship, starting with Hellenistic education. He did thorough research on young millennial African American males and brought forth the statistics of those dropping out of school, why they drop out, and how mentoring can help them.
In this book, the author takes time to analyze the lives of African Americans, noting the time when their ideology started being crippled and what effects these things have on the African American community. He did his best to explain the disadvantages of dropping out of school, the essence of the church to the black community, and the church's role in mentoring the youth.
This book calls on young black males to complete college, and it also gives church leaders the tools they need to mentor effectively by recognizing obstacles and forging connections with the community and the college. Keep Quiet, Black Boy: A Leadership Guide to Mentoring Millennials by Jerome Frierson, Ed. D talks about racism, faith, philosophy, education, mentorship, etc.
There are some positive aspects of this book that I took note of. First, I love how the author broke this book down into bits and pieces. It is easy to find a place to pause while reading this book. Second, I love the many quotes that the author used to punctuate this book. "We attract that to which we give our attention," by Friedrich Nietzsche (page 41), is my personal favorite. I really loved those quotes and found myself looking forward to when I could see the next quote. Third, I love how the author sometimes quotes passages from the Bible to buttress his point. That aside, how he takes Bible instances and uses them to explain mentorship was awesome! He cites many examples from events and individuals in the Bible. He uses the Bible to explain mentoring and its structure. Also, I especially love how Frierson analyzed what the church means to the African American community.
This book is well-researched and references many books. I have read some mentorship books previously, but this one is different. I love that this book has a "Reflection" and "Action Steps" area at the end of each chapter. This makes this book a transforming tool for anyone who reads it, helping them become good mentors to others. I learned from this book about theological approaches to mentoring, the Resilience Theory, and how the characteristics of a mentor-mentee relationship result in a successful relationship. To learn all these and more, you will have to read Keep Quiet, Black Boy: A Leadership Guide to Mentoring Millennials. I highly recommend it because of how educational and informative the book is.
The best way to read this book to get the most out of it is to read it like you are studying it. While reading, take notes and engage in the reflections and action steps.
This book focuses on mentoring black young men. Hence, I will recommend this book to anyone who mentors anyone, no matter the level. It doesn't matter if you are a religious mentor, career mentor, academic mentor, etc. This book is a wake-up call for young male African Americans. If Dr. Frierson can do it, you, too, can. There was nothing I disliked about this book. Furthermore, it was exceptionally well edited, as I did not encounter any errors while reading it. For these reasons, I am rating it 5 out of 5 stars.
Keep Quiet Black Boy: A Leadership Guide to Mentoring Millennials
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